Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun

In the autumn of 2014, there was intense seismic activity underneath the glacier Bárðarbunga, raising fears of a volcanic eruption. When the eruption started, however, it was outside of the glacier area. The resulting lava field is called Holuhraun.

Magnitude 4.4 quake strikes Iceland’s Bárðarbunga

20.5. At 7:11am this morning, Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano was hit by a magnitude 4.4 tremor – the largest since the volcano last stopped erupting in February 2015. Meira »

Bárðarbunga quakes “not uncommon”

5.1. Further consecutive tremors at Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano are not necessarily a sign of anything significant, say experts from the Icelandic Met Office. Meira »

Two 3+ quakes at Bárðarbunga

21.12. There are ever clearer signs – including seismic activity – that magma is building up underneath the Barðarbunga caldera.  Meira »

Bárðarbunga to blow again?

14.9. There are signs that magma is building up again under Bárðarbunga, the volcano under Iceland’s famous Vatnajökull glacier which erupted for six months in 2014-15. Meira »

Did volcanic ash kill 5,000 sheep?

27.7. Some 5,000 sheep died this spring in Iceland in baffling circumstances. The latest theory is that the deaths were caused by sulphur released by the Holuhraun volcanic eruption. Meira »

The eruption has come to an end

28.2.2015 The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, which began on August 31st 2014, has come to an end.  Meira »

Where will the next eruption be?

24.2.2015 In recent days volcanic activity in Holuhraun has significantly reduced and subsidence in Bárðarbunga has practically stopped. According to some theories, magma will next emerge close to Bárðarbunga or even in nearby Dyngjujökull. Meira »

"Almost no magma at eruption site"

23.2.2015 "We're cancelling most of our trips to Holuhraun as the eruption has almost petered out," says Sólveig Pétursdóttir at Norðurflug helicopter tours. Flights with the company to see the eruption have been fully booked for months with long waiting lists. One couple wanted a refund yesterday because the eruption wasn't as majestic as they expected. Meira »

No earthquakes for the last 48 hours

21.2.2015 No earthquakes above the scale of 3 have been measured at Bárðarbunga in the last 48 hours. This is the first time since volcanic activity started in Holuhraun that this occurs and could herald the end of an eruption that has been going on since August 29th. Meira »

The subsidence of the Bárðarbunga caldera is still significant

3.2.2015 Scientists from the Icelandic Met Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences University of Iceland along with representatives from the Icelandic Civil Protection, Directorate of Health and The Environment Agency of Iceland met this morning at the Crisis Coordination Centre for a meeting. Meira »

8,3 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide

28.1.2015 The eruption at Holuhraun has released 8,3 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide since it started which means 50 - 60 thousand tonnes per day. In comparison, SO2 pollution in the countries of Europe is 14 tthousand onnes per day and 40 thousand per day in the US. Meira »

Eruption of Bárðarbunga still possible

20.1.2015 The Scientific Advisory Board of the Civil Protection has issued a new factsheet of their studies for Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun. They predict three possible scenarios: an ongoing eruption at Holuhraun which could last for months, the volcanic fissure lenghening and causing a jokulhlaup or a volcanic eruption in the Bárðarbunga caldera leading to a major jokulhlaup accompanied by ashfall. Meira »

Lava field larger than Manhattan

13.1.2015 NASA just published new photographs of Holuhraun captured by satellite Landsat 8. The images clearly show how much land the lava field now covers and in an accompanying article on NASA's webpage it states it is now larger than Manhattan, New York. Meira »

Live action from the Holuhraun eruption

9.1.2015 Around 30 earthquakes have been measured at Bárðarbunga in the last 24 hours. Five earthquakes were at a magnitude between 4 and 5. The largest earthquake occurred at 18:47 last night, January 8th measuring 5,1 on the scale. The eruption is clearly visible on the Mila webcam today. Meira »

The Holuhraun eruption 2014 in pictures

30.12.2014 It's been four months since the eruption at Holuhraun began and it's still going strong. According to Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, it could still be some months until the eruption subsides. The new lava field now spans a total of 83 square kilometres. Meira »

Size 4.2 quake hits Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano

8.4. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck the Bárðarbunga volcano – under Iceland’s famous Vatnajökull glacier – just after midnight last night. Meira »

Bárðarbunga continues to rumble

26.12. Seismic activity at Bárðarbunga has been on the rise since mid-September, likely indicating a build-up of magma in the caldera. Meira »

Eyes back on Bárðarbunga

17.11. Monitoring by the Icelandic Met Office has recently revealed significantly greater seismic activity than any time since the 2014-15 eruption in the adjacent Holuhraun lava field. Meira »

New hot bathing stream at Holuhraun

30.7. A new hot stream has formed at the far eastern end of Holuhraun, the scene of Iceland’s most recent major volcanic eruption.  Meira »

Holuhraun could have been much worse

25.7. “We were lucky with the Holuhraun eruption as regards both timing and location,” says Sigurður Reynir Gíslason of the University of Iceland. Meira »

Almost six months of volcanic eruption

24.2.2015 The scientific advisory board of the Icelandic Civil Protection has published a factsheet on the eruption at Holuhraun. They report that seismic activity in Bárðarbunga continues to diminish although it can still be considered strong and that the rate of subsidence in the Bárðarbunga caldera is now less than 2 cm a day. Meira »

Ten earthquakes measured at Bárðarbunga

23.2.2015 According to the Icelandic Met Office, just over ten earthquakes were detected in Bárðarbunga since noon yesterday. The largest earthquakes measured on a magnitude of 2. In the dyke intrusion approximately 20 earthquakes were detected, all of them smaller than 1,5. Meira »

Seismic activity at similar levels

22.2.2015 Seismic and volcanic activity continue at similar levels as during previous days around the volcano Bárðarbunga in Iceland according to the country's Met Office. Meira »

The eruption could soon be over

19.2.2015 Volcanic activity in Holuhraun has decreased in February and could be over in a few weeks or months. According to volcanologist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson it is hard to predict exactly when it will end. Meira »

The eruption live on Good Morning America

3.2.2015 US news channel ABC will be broadcasting directly from the Holuhraun eruption in the Good Morning America show this morning. Weather anchor Ginger Zee tweeted this morning that she had arrived in Iceland and was in a helicopter en route to Holuhraun. Meira »

Epic road trip to Iceland

26.1.2015 Mike Whitten has shared a post on the website Stuck in Iceland recounting a road trip which he took to Iceland. Among the places visited were Gullfoss, the interior highlands and the eruption site of Holuhraun. Meira »

Volcanologist predicts end of eruption beginning of March

19.1.2015 According to volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson, the eruption at Holuhraun will end at the beginning of March this year, after a duration of 160 days. Sigurðsson published this prediction on his blog accompanied by a new graph of the subsidence in the Bárðarbunga caldera. Meira »

Birds die from eruption pollution

13.1.2015 Birds of the common redpoll variety have been found dead in Jökuldalur, east Iceland, believed to be caused by SO2 pollution from the Holuhraun eruption. Pollution has been particularly heavy in the area in the past few days and farmers describe the pollution cloud as so heavy that they couldn't see between the farm buildings. Meira »

Lava field is now about 1,15 cubic kilometres.

6.1.2015 Insubstantial changes have been to the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun over the last few weeks. The lava is now both flowing inside closed channels and on the surface of the lava field. Data collected in flight over the lava field on December 30th shows that the volume of the lava field in Holuhraun is about 1,15 cubic kilometres according to a report from the Icelandic Civil Protection and the Environmental Agency of Iceland. Meira »

A volcanic Christmas

27.12.2014 Did you wonder what the volcanic eruption looked like at Christmas? Helicopter company Norðurflug captured footage from the eruption at Holuhraun on December 24th. Meira »